Bad news for Real Madrid. According to a report on Cadena COPE on Saturday, Sergio Ramos will have to have an operation in the coming days on a meniscus injury in his left knee and will be out for around six weeks, so he will miss the Champions League tie against Atalanta.
Madrid's medical staff have recommended the defender undergoes surgery to fix the problem that has seen him miss four of his side's six games in 2021. He played against Athletic thanks to pain-killing injections.
Given that he will 'only' be ruled out for a month and a half, Ramos has decided to take the surgery route to ensure he's ready for the final stage of the season.
However, he will miss the Champions League last 16 and the derby against Atletico Madrid at the start of March. If his teammates fail in Europe, though, there may be nothing to play for when he comes back.
Madrid are already out of the Copa del Rey, lost in the semifinal of the Supercopa and are 10 points behind Atletico in La Liga having played a game more.
Remember that this operation also arrives with Ramos' future in the air. The Spain centre-back is out of contract in June and has not reached an agreement with president Florentino Perez over a renewal.
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